Last month, I announced my upcoming trip to Israel! The past few weeks I’ve been preparing; making lists and ordering a few things. One of those items included an appropriate camera bag.
The last time I traveled internationally was almost six years ago and packing lightly was a foreign concept…hah. So, I took my regular messenger style camera bag on that trip and spent two weeks lugging around a camera bag and purse, along with a suitcase that I could actually fit inside. By the end of the trip my back was killing me! After making the switch to carry-on only packing about a year ago, transporting camera equipment had to have a different solution. So far, that solution has been in the form of neoprene sleeves for the camera body and lenses that went in my backpack. That’s a great solution for hiking trips–I was able to pack my clothes in a small duffle and put camera equipment in my hiking pack. You can see the YouTube video on packing for a trip to Acadia National Park last year, here.
For this trip, I’ve got the combined challenge of traveling internationally and wanting to pack in just a carry-on (small suitcase plus one personal item). The trip is 13 days and the weather will be anywhere between 60-80 degrees with no expected rain. We’ll be doing a lot of walking, some hiking, and spending an immense amount of time in the sun.
For clothes and toiletries, the plan is to use a rolling carry-on suitcase. With as much time as I’ll be spending walking through airports, a rolling suitcase made more sense than a duffle. Keep tabs on my YouTube channel for a packing video later on.
The “personal item” in addition to my rolling suitcase is where this new Peak Design Everyday Sling will come into play!
The detail on this pack is wonderful! The material is thick, padded, sturdy, and weather proof. The design of the buckles on the front and for the strap, allow for single-handed maneuvering.
The zipper for the main compartment can slip into the zipper on the outside of the pack and deter theft.
The outside pocket is expandable so that even when the inside of the pack is full, you can still fit just as much in the outside pocket. That may seem like a little thing but I’ve had other bags where once the largest compartment is full, the smaller pockets fail to hold as much as they should.
The inside is built like a camera bag with three separate compartments. There’s also a sleeve large enough to hold a regular iPad. In the video, you’ll see how the compartment dividers easily fold down to create another divider shelf.
I was able to fit my Canon 5D mark iii DSLR, 50mm lens, and 20-70 mm lens, along with a few other items in this main compartment. It is definitely large enough to fit a combination of lenses depending on your needs. (For example, two smaller lenses, one medium lens, and camera body, OR camera body, one small lens, and a 70-200mm lens.)
The pocket on the inside of the top is also larger than I initially thought. It has four pockets to organize small items such as headphones, charging chords, and memory cards.
For this first test run, I was able to fit the following items with room to spare:
Canon 5D mark iii
Black Rapid camera strap
Multiple charging chords
I’m a petite person (5’2″), so the pack looks large on my back! However, it still feels very comfortable. I can switch it so that I’m not always carrying it on the same shoulder and it can also rest in the front. This is extremely useful when traveling in large crowds. Peak Design has also made it easy to swing this pack from back to front with the design of the strap and the buckle.
This pack is making me even more excited about the trip! Knowing that you have good, reliable gear makes traveling much less stressful. After receiving the pack, filling it up, and testing it out, I also feel good about having invested in this pack. Usually when you spend a little bit more, you can expect the quality of the product to follow suit. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. I get nervous to try items from a company I’ve never ordered from.
Peak Design has exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to use this bag for many years to come!